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Folk Life and Culture of Odisha

Bhagabana Sahu (Author)

This book attempts to present an accurate picture of the different aspects of the folk life and culture of south Odisha during the colonial era from historical point of view. Lying between the north and south India across a natural highway along the eastern coast of India, south Odisha acts like a cultural bridge between the Aryan culture of north and Dravidian culture of south. This region occupies a distinct place in the folk cultural tradition of India. The geographical location, the topographic feature, the religious and literary background, the beauty and the bounty of the nature all have jointly contributed significantly towards the culmination of its unique pattern of folk culture. It is regarded as the cradle of many folk dances, music, festivals, beliefs and art. Drawing primarily upon the original sources the book encompasses, the nature and composition of folk people, varieties of folk tales, origin and growth of folk songs, folk dances and theatres. Meticulous care has been taken to throw light on the folk festivals, folk beliefs, folk art and crafts, folk medicines and folk methods of treatment.

The work will be highly useful for the artists, tourists, teachers, students, researchers, administrators and the general readers as well.





List of Colour Plates


1. Historical Background

2. Folk Tales

3. Folk Songs

4. Folk Dances

5. Folk Festivals and Beliefs

6. Folk Arts and Crafts

7. Folk Medicines and Methods of Treatment






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About the author

Bhagabana Sahu

Prof. Bhagabana Sahu, Ph.D., D.Litt. (b. 1959) started his career as a Lecturer in History in 1986 and promoted as Reader in 2002. After serving as Reader and Principal in different colleges of Odisha, he joined the P.G. Department of History, Berhampur University as Professor in 2011 and became the Head during academic session 2011-12 and 2012-13. He served the University as Warden, P.G. Hostels; Chairman, Board of Studies in History; Secretary, Sports Council and also the Member of the Senate and the Academic Council.Prof. Sahu contributed a large number of research papers and articles to many edited Books and Journals, Periodicals and Newspapers. He is regular participant in various national and state level conferences, seminars and workshops. His scholarly books include Princely States of Orissa under the British Crown: 1858-1905; Cultural History of Orissa: 1435-1751; and Socio-Economic and Cultural History Orissa. Presently he is working as Professor of History in Berhampur University and engaged in various research activities.

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Bibliographic information

Title Folk Life and Culture of Odisha
Format Hardcover
Date published: 06.02.2015
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Kaveri Books
Language: English
isbn 8174791701, 9788174791702
length 368p., 18 Colour Plates; Glossary; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.